Anytime a player goes down and another player steps up in his absence, there's usually going to be speculation about whether the latter will take the former's job. That's especially true in the NFL, where there are so many moving parts throughout the season that players end up being interchangeable to some degree.
That is not the case with the New England Patriots, however, who cleared up any questions about a potential quarterback controversy brewing between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe.
Patriots Quarterback Controversy
While Jones entered the season as New England's starting quarterback, he suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Baltimore Ravens during Week 3. Second-string QB Brian Hoyer promptly got hurt during Week 4, opening the door for Zappe.
Zappe, a fourth-round draft pick out of Western Kentucky this year, has been nothing short of phenomenal. In addition to winning both of his first two career starts, he's also completed 72.9% of his passes for 596 yards and 4 touchdowns. He's thrown only 1 interception and holds an impressive 111.4 Quarterback Rating.
Even so, the Patriots have been adamant that Jones will reclaim the starting job when he returns, which could be as soon as this week. Jones has made great strides in his recovery and is trending towards playing against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football.
Regardless of who's under center for New England, the team is in good hands. The Patriots are currently favored by 7.5 points at home on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.
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